Printer Friendly

Relatives of cancer sufferers more likely to recover from colon cancer.

If colon cancer runs in your family, you are more likely to recover from the disease yourself. This is according to Jennifer Chan from the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute in Boston and her team. She and her colleagues tracked around 1 000 people with colon cancer at the same stage, who had chemotherapy between 1999 and 2001. In 30% of those with parents or siblings who had had colon or rectal cancer, the disease came back. The recurrence rate for patients without a close family history was 40%. The effect was greater among those who had more relatives with cancer.

The team suggests that the genes that enhance chemotherapy may be inherited with those that make cancer more likely. If the team can identify these genes, the same proteins may be used to improve the effects of chemotherapy for everyone with cancer.

New Scientist, 7 June 2008.
COPYRIGHT 2009 South African Medical Association
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:single suture
Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Jan 1, 2009
Previous Article:Hopelessness strongly associated with the metabolic syndrome.
Next Article:UK's first cancer-gene-free baby born.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters